Brett Favre always knew Peyton Manning was a good passer. Well, Manning passed Favre for No. 1 on the all-time touchdown list Monday night, this after throwing four touchdowns in a 42-17 win over San Francisco.
Favre retired with 508 touchdown passes. Manning now has 510 and counting.
Favre was at home playing volleyball with his wife, daughter and some family friends when Manning broke the record.
“I felt like I had played a game already by that time – a football game, even though I played volleyball,” the 45-year-old Favre said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I don’t know if that says I’m getting old or what.”
Favre said Manning sent him “a real nice message” Monday following the win over the 49ers. It’s clear the two have a deep respect for each other – even if their playing styles are extremely different.
“I really don’t see any comparisons other than I guess statistics,” Favre said. “I think the playing styles are totally different – much like I would say Aaron Rodgers and Peyton are totally different. Cam Newton and Peyton (are different). Russell Wilson and Peyton (are different). I would say Peyton and Tom Brady are very similar in styles.”
But which quarterback is better? Manning or Brady? Which one would you take?
“Oh, man,” Favre said. “Tom has gotten it done lately with a lot less, but I don’t know. That’s a toss-up. I’d have to go with Peyton, I believe. But you can’t go wrong with either. (A lot of) people have written (Brady) off, and that’s foolish to write him off. I think he’s got a lot of good football left.”
Brady, of course, has more rings than Manning (three to one), but Manning has better stats. In fact, Brady, with 372 career touchdown passes, is 138 behind Manning, who also has a sizable advantage in yards (66,812 to 50,854).
“Peyton, I think, when it’s all said and done will be the most prolific (quarterback of all time) until the next guy breaks (the records),” Favre said.
Favre, to his credit, has grown accustomed to answering questions about how he compares to other all-time great quarterbacks, but he isn’t too concerned about rankings or anything of that nature.
“I think for me, it seems like every time I talk about this situation, I always say the same thing: I’m very content with the way I played,” Favre said. “ For me, it was way more than I ever dreamed of. It was 20 years in the National Football League. It’s an honor to play one game. I think the people that do remember me and like my style – or, for that matter, didn’t like it – I think they can appreciate the fact that I had fun, and I had fun in every game. I competed.”